Darren Criss Biography

(Known for His Role on The TV Series 'Glee')

Birthday: February 5, 1987 (Aquarius)

Born In: San Francisco, California, United States

Darren Everett Criss is a well-known American actor, singer, and songwriter. He is illustrious for playing ‘Andrew Cunanan’ in ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ (2018) for which he received a ‘Golden Globe’ and an ‘Emmy Award.’ He gained prominence with his portrayal of ‘Blaine Anderson’ in the popular American musical comedy-drama series 'Glee.' Criss wrote a song titled 'This Time,' for the final episode of the series which became a hit and earned him an 'Emmy' nomination. He is also a successful theater actor and he has been acting in plays from a young age. He made his Broadway debut with 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,' which was based on a book with the same name. He also played the role of ‘Hedwig’ in the musical 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch.' He is the founding member and co-owner of ‘StarKid Productions,’ a Chicago-based musical theater company. The company became famous for its musical 'A Very Potter Musical,' a parody of the popular ‘Harry Potter’ series. He hogged the limelight for his potrayal of Harry Potter in the musical. Criss has also appeared in various films. He made his feature film debut in 2012, when he was cast to play ‘Lee’ in the American comedy film 'Girl Most Likely.' He voiced animated characters in films like ‘The Wind Rises’ and ‘Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.' He also voiced the 'Superman' in the animated superhero film ‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow.’

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Darren Everett Criss

Age: 37 Years, 37 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Mia Swier (m. 2019)

father: Charles William Criss

mother: Cerina Bru

siblings: Chuck Criss

Born Country: United States

Actors Musicians

Height: 5'8" (173 cm), 5'8" Males

Ancestry: Filipino American, Irish American

U.S. State: California

City: San Francisco, California

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education: University Of Michigan

Childhood & Early Life

Darren Criss was born on 5 February 1987, in San Francisco, California, USA to Cerina and Charles William Criss. He has an older brother named Charles Criss who is a member of the indie rock band ‘Freelance Whales.’

He grew up in San Francisco, while also spending some time in Honolulu. Criss developed an interest in music at a very young age. When he was only five years old, he began taking violin lessons. He also learnt to play other instruments, such as guitar and piano.

Along with music, he also showed keen interest in performing arts. He was accepted into the ‘American Conservatory Theater’ at the age of ten. He appeared in theater classics, such as ‘The Music Man’ and ‘Diary of Anne Frank.’

After completing his graduation from ‘Saint Ignatius College Preparatory,’ he attended the ‘University of Michigan,’ from where he got his Bachelor of Fine Arts. He did his major in theater performance, and minored in musicology and Italian. While studying, he was also active as an actor and director in ‘Basement Arts,’ the university’s student-run theater program.

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Theatrical Career

Darren Criss made his professional stage debut at the age of ten. His first appearance was in 42nd Street Moon’s production of the play ‘Fanny’ (1997), where he portrayed ‘Cesario.’ He then appeared in musicals, such as ‘Do I Hear a Waltz’ (1998) and ‘Babes in Arms’ (1999).

Over the next few years, he appeared in several ‘American Conservatory Theater’ plays, including ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ The plays in which he performed at the ‘University of Michigan’ include ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan.’

After finishing his graduation, Criss co-founded the musical theater company ‘StarKid Productions’ along with few friends and classmates. They gained prominence when they staged the musical comedy ‘A Very Potter Musical,’ which was based on the famous ‘Harry Potter’ novel series by J.K Rowling.

In January 2012, he made his Broadway debut, appearing in a revival of the popular play ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.’ His work proved to be very successful. In 2015, he appeared in the play ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch,’ playing the role of ‘Hedwig.’

TV and Film Career

Darren Criss became well-known after his work in the American musical comedy drama TV series ‘Glee.’ The series had him playing one of the main roles. His performance in the show was appreciated and earned him multiple awards.

He made his feature film debut in 2012, comedy film ‘Girl Most Likely.’ The film was directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. It received negative reviews

In 2018, he started appearing in the second season of the popular American anthology series ‘American Crime Story.’ In the series, created by Ryan Murphy, Criss portrayed a character named ‘Andrew Cunanan.’ The series has earned critical acclaim and several awards so far.

In 2020, he was seen playing ‘Raymond Ainsley’ in the American drama web television miniseries ‘Hollywood,’ for which he also served as the executive producer.

He has also voiced characters in animated films like ‘The Wind Rises,’ ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,’ ‘Stan Lee's Mighty 7,’ and ‘Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’

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Musical Career

Darren Criss started his musical career when he was still pursuing his education at the ‘University of Michigan.’ In 2010, he released an EP titled ‘Human.’ It peaked at number 17 on the ‘US Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums Chart.’ He has also conducted solo tours in several states in the US, as well as in Canada and France.

As ‘Blaine Anderson,’ the character that he played in the TV series ‘Glee,’Criss has been featured in several musical performances. He has also worked in several albums as part of the series’fictional band.

Major Works

‘A Very Potter Musical,’ a parody musical based on the popular ‘Harry Potter’ novel series by JK Rowling, is undoubtedly one of the best works in his career.The musical stars Darren Criss as ‘Harry Potter.’Criss also wrote the lyrics and composed the music along with AJ Holmes. Produced by ‘StarKid Productions,’ the musical earned huge success and popularity. It was named one of the ‘10 Best Viral Videos of 2009’ by ‘Entertainment Weekly.’

‘Glee,’ a popular American musical comedy drama TV series, can be considered the most significant work in Criss’ career. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, the show started airing on May 19, 2009. It became a huge success and won several awards, including six ‘Emmy Awards,’ five ‘Satellite Awards,’ and four ‘Golden Globe Awards.’ The show also received mostly positive reviews.

Awards & Achievements
Darren Criss has won several awards in his career so far. These include the ‘Dorian Award’ and the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for his role in ‘Glee’ in 2011.

For the song ‘This Time,’ which he composed for ‘Glee,’Criss won the ‘Hollywood Music in Media Award’ in 2015. The song earned him an ‘Emmy’ nomination as well.

He was nominated for a ‘Grammy’ for his work in ‘Glee: The Music, Volume 4,’ the fifth soundtrack album of ‘Glee.’

For his portrayal of ‘Andrew Cunanan’ in the series ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,’ he won a ‘Primetime Emmy Award,’‘Golden Globe Award,’ and‘Screen Actors Guild Award.’

Personal Life

Since Darren Criss portrayed a gay character in ‘Glee,’ there was a rumor regarding his sexual orientation. Criss is heterosexual and had been dating Mia Swier since 2011. In 2018, he announced his engagement to Swier. The couple got married in February 2019. The couple announced that they were expecting their first child in 2022. They welcomed their daughter, Bluesy, in April 2022.

He is an active supporter of LGBT rights. He has also performed at several charity events.

Darren Criss Movies

1. Midway (2019)

  (Action, Drama, History, War)

2. Girl Most Likely (2012)



Golden Globe Awards
2019 Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television American Crime Story (2016)
Primetime Emmy Awards
2018 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie American Crime Story (2016)

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